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Turnbull ‘threatened PM staffer over OzCar’

Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has been accused of threatening one of the prime minister’s staff over the OzCar affair.

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The approach was reportedly made during parliament’s mid-winter ball on Wednesday, federal Treasurer Wayne Swan said today.

“We all know there’s good Malcolm and bad Malcolm, but I think the bad Malcolm turned up at the … ball the other night,” Mr Swan told reporters in Canberra.

The Coalition has vowed to use a Senate inquiry today to pursue claims Mr Rudd and Mr Swan assisted a Queensland car dealer to access the $2 billion taxpayer-funded OzCar scheme.

The scheme aims to help cash-strapped dealers obtain finance to purchase cars.

Mr Swan refused to divulge the nature of Mr Turnbull’s alleged threats, or whether it was being treated as a criminal matter.

“That threat will be detailed in a full statement later on,” Mr Swan said during a rowdy news conference.

Mr Swan was again asked whether he was confident that there was no representation made by Mr Rudd’s office on behalf of Mr Grant.

“We can find no record of any relationship between the prime minister or his office and Mr Grant,” he said.

The Senate’s economics committee sits today to consider the legislation setting up OzCar, and the coalition has vowed to question Treasury officials about the issue.

Charges denied

Mr Swan denied the prime minister or his office had made representations on behalf of the Ipswich dealer John Grant, who has provided Mr Rudd with a free ute for use as a mobile electorate office.

Mr Grant had made representations to the treasurer’s office, just as many other car dealers had through coalition MPs.

Mr Grant had received no assistance from either OzCar or from Ford Credit, Mr Swan said.

‘Provide evidence’

The treasurer demanded Mr Turnbull produce evidence to support the allegations or apologise to Mr Rudd.

Earlier, Mr Turnbull said there appeared to a huge conflict of interest in Mr Rudd’s relationship with Mr Grant.

“There’s obviously a gigantic conflict of interest here, huge conflict of interest,” Mr Turnbull told Macquarie Radio.

The coalition has used parliament’s question time to quiz both Mr Rudd and Mr Swan about any representations they or their offices made on behalf of Mr Grant.

Mr Rudd should step down if he was found to have misled parliament with his answers, Mr Turnbull said.

“If he has misled parliament deliberately twice, that is a very, very serious offence,” he said.

Note provided

The government later released a file note of a conversation between Mr Turnbull and Andrew Charlton, a senior adviser in the prime minister’s office.

In the note, Mr Charlton says Mr Turnbull spoke to him during the ball. It goes on to say:

Turnbull: This whole OzCar issue will be very damaging for you. Let me give you some friendly advice. You should not lie to protect your boss.

Charlton: I have not.

Turnbull: You know and I know there is documentary evidence that you have lied.

Charlton: There is not.

Turnbull: Andrew, you know that there is documentary evidence. This could be very damaging for you.

Charlton: I have not had any contact with Mr Grant.

Turnbull: Ah well, I advise you to consider your actions very carefully.

Following the conversation, Mr Charlton walked outside the building and relayed its details to a colleague, the file note said.

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